Eating lozenges lozenges containing zinc in an amount sufficient assessed able to shorten the flu, from seven days to four days, according to the results of a new clinical trial.
When previous studies show that lozenges containing zinc lozenges work better for people with allergies, the study found that people without allergies can feel the same benefits.
During the flu, the virus can colonize the pharynx or throat. That's why eating lozenges or throat lozenges can run faster than taking a drug that is swallowed, the researchers note in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
"Swallow tablet will go directly into the stomach, without releasing the zinc in the region of the pharynx, so that it becomes ineffective," said study leader Dr. Harri Hemila of the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Since previous clinical studies showed that taking zinc lozenges with a low dose had no effect on the healing of flu, Hemila and his team looked trial Award zinc lozenges with a dose of 75 milligrams or more per day.
The trial involves 199 participants, mostly female and aged between 20 and 50 years old. One-third have allergies, including an allergy to grass, trees and pets.
Participants were asked to consume lozenges or hard candy containing zinc lozenges every two to three hours. Overall, the average dose of zinc is between 80 and 92 mg per day.
This study found that patients taking lozenges or candy as recommended, faster recovery from colds, ie 2.94 days shorter, than the group who did not consume.
The effects did not differ between participants with allergies, smoke, or differences in the severity of the flu. The results were similar for all ages, genders and ethnic groups.
"This should be an important consideration because the flu is a very common disease and can lead to a loss of focus to do the job," said Dr. Meenu Singh, a professor of pediatrics at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.
Singh, who was not involved in the study said that while these results are promising, there are some side effects of zinc consumed in high doses. For example, in previous studies, using zinc in high doses can cause a person to lose the sense of smell while. Some patients also complain of a metallic taste in the mouth feel, although according to the researchers, it is not a problem.
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